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“IT’S ALL ABOUT STRUCTURE, about bringing the bones, the very foundation of what makes a garment, to the surface,” declared couturier Jean Paul Gaultier at the recent couture shows in Paris.  “It’s about bones.  But not in a ghostly way — unless we are talking about the ghost of couture,” he smiled.  

The designer worked feverishly to impress on the press and his society audience that the somewhat morbid 3-Day couture shows meant to emphasize anatomy, transparency and the bone work that gives a garment its shape, but whether he actually succeeded at that task is iffy.

There was plenty to distract from this somewhat lofty ideal, not the least of which was the presence of burlesque star Otta Von Teese, who titillated the audience with a strip-tease a la French couture, peeling off layer after layer of fine garments until she stood stripped literally to the bone. 

   –But, was the message communicated here, or did everyone merely react wildly to the maverick presence of questionable entertainment in a house of what was supposed to be high class values? 

 

YOU CAN PLAY WITH SUPER-EXPENSIVE COUTURE ACCESSORY LOOKS AND YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO SCROUNGE AROUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIT FOR INSPIRATION.  HERE ARE SOME WONDERFUL, CHIC, CLASSY IDEAS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 X-ray Chic  

THE FALL-WINTER COUTURE SHOW in Paris is an exposition of the most lavishly expensive of designer-wear, clothes that are made-to-measure and can cost as much as a new car. And here, an “X-ray Chic” trend took precedence over everything else.

Valentino, for example, showed off the female anatomy with as much aplomb as anyone, giving bones center stage with translucent hoop skirts and super-tight mini dresses all exaggerating the story.

Riccardo Tisci for the House of Givenchy took the bones message into somewhat morbid territory, playing with deathly images dressed up with sequins and rhinestones.  Strange?  You bet!  

   –He brought out a collection of casual and formal attire made of Day of the Dead Mexican-inspired lace and tulle appliquéd with – can you believe it? — sketches of the bones of the human body. Very funereal.  Or, as one publication put it, these were “the world’s most expensive Halloween skeleton costumes.”  Right on!

                                                Having Fun with It

BUT, OH, IT WAS ANYTHING BUT boring, anything but drab, even if the essential message of couture seemed to go amiss.  The ideas were new and creatively presented, and for Fashion Accessory people, the 3-Day exposition presented a bevy of challenges.  How do you accessorize bones?  Would you comfortably put colorful necklaces and earrings on a skeleton?  Hmmm. 

SARCASM ASIDE, THE X-RAY CHIC TREND HAS ARRIVED, AND MAKING IT LOOK GOOD IS THE JOB OF ACCESSORY PEOPLE WITH INSIGHT AND TALENT.  YOU MIGHT START LOOKING HERE FOR IDEAS:

 

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